Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

September 4, 2006

VSU’s oldest local alumnae recalls campus’ past

VALDOSTA — Nan Pope Allen recalls when what would become Valdosta State University had only three buildings, an all-female student population, and most of those students had to have a chaperone whether they “went to church or went to town.”

The 97-year-old VSU alum recently visited her alma mater, taking a tour of VSU’s 100-year-old history in the archives museum. Family friends Lee and Brenda Hatcher arranged the tour led by VSU Archivist Deborah Davis.

Having graduated in 1930 when VSU was the Georgia State Woman’s College at Valdosta, Nan Pope Allen is believed to be the oldest, living, local alum of the university. Davis says there is a 100-year-old alum known to live in North Georgia.

Commenting on the growth at VSU in the past 76 years, Allen says, “It has been amazing. I wouldn’t know where to start, so much of it has changed. There is no comparison.”

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Pope, she has lived in Valdosta since the age of 4. Since she grew up in Valdosta and lived with her parents while attending college, the chaperone rule didn’t apply to her.

She was pleased to attend an all-girls school. “I was always timid and the boys had teased me badly in high school. So I didn’t want to put up with them,” Allen says.

While a student, she didn’t believe the college taught enough math courses. The young Nannie Pope let her opinions be known. In her senior year, a teacher wanted to teach calculus and approached Nannie. The student rose to the challenge. “She taught us calculus, but they still didn’t have enough math classes so I majored in history.”

A 1930 edition of the college’s Pine Cone yearbook features photographs of Nannie Pope posed in portrait and in graduation gown and mortarboard. It lists her degree in education. The yearbook also lists her achievements and activities: Valdosta Club, Phi Kappa Athletic Association, Sororian Literary Society 1928-’29, ’29-’30, International Relations Club which she served as president from 1929-’30, Presidents’ Club.

Text Only
Local News
  • 142314-Goodwill.jpg Goodwill hosts the Mexican Consulate

    Mexican citizens living in South Georgia have spent this week lining up at the Valdosta Goodwill to meet with the Mexican Consulate to obtain Mexican government issued identification.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723-Tree001.jpg Chamber plants 100th centennial tree

    Founded in September 1912, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723 - Operation M#10E3C7.JPG Veterans First

    With Moody Air Force Base expecting to lose 300 to 400 personnel due to government cutbacks, area organizations are working with military personnel about to enter the civilian work force.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lowndes increases millage rate

    For the first time since 1999, the Lowndes County Commission voted Wednesday to increase the millage rate.

    July 24, 2014

  • dui memorial 1.jpg Memorial honors woman killed in DUI case

    More than a week after the man responsible for her death was sentenced to five years in jail, a memorial sign has been placed at the site where Sheila Foster-Lamb was hit and killed by an impaired driver while she was on her way to work.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • City of Valdosta holds two millage hearings today

    The City of Valdosta adopted its 2015 Fiscal Year budget on June 19.

    July 24, 2014

  • Quitman body identified

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the body of a man found in Quitman Tuesday and have ruled his death a suicide.

    July 24, 2014

  • EOM July 2014.jpg Sgt. Jonathan Yeargin Honored as July 2014 Employee of the Month

    Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Fire Chief Freddie Broome honored Jonathan Yeargin as the July 2014 Employee of the Month at the July 10 City Council meeting.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay Griner.jpeg Griner wins Lowndes commission runoff

    A long nine-week runoff election between Clay Griner and G. Norman Bennett came to an end Tuesday night with Griner beating Bennett by 1,060 votes, with approximately 70 provisional ballots left to count.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140722-Runoff_Voting003.jpg State Senate District 8 too close to call

    The race for State Senate District 8 appeared too close to call as of The Times print deadline late Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results